The cricket world has known him to be a destroyer of the cricket ball for almost 20 years now, but not many times in his career have we got to see Christopher Henry Gayle as determined as he is right now. Last night’s IPL match between King’s XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad was all about him and the ‘GayleStorm’ that he brought to Mohali.
Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first, looking to repeat the 190+ score that they achieved in their last home game against Chennai Super Kings. Guess what? They did exactly that. While Rashid Khan dismissed KL Rahul early, Gayle took the attack to the KXIP bowlers and even smashed Rashid for four consecutive sixes in the 14th over. Rashid is one of the best spinners in the league at the moment, but he had no clue how to bowl to Gayle, finishing with his worst ever T20 figures of 1/55.
His innings of 104(63)* included just one boundary, but 11 massive sixes. He brought up the first century of IPL 2018, his sixth IPL century and his 21st T20 century; the second best is Brendon McCullum, who has just 7. This wasn’t the usual crash, boom, bang innings from Gayle, but an innings that he paced perfectly, and he can very well call this one of his best T20 innings!
There usually isn’t much to say about a chase when you’re set a target of 194. Shikhar Dhawan would’ve been vital if SRH had to chase this down but he was hit on the elbow off his first delivery, went off the field and never came back. Captain Kane Williamson tried his best in a knock of 54(41) while Manish Pandey hit 57(42)*, but the innings slowly faded away, losing wickets at regular intervals. KXIP won by 15 runs.
This match was all about Gayle and he mentioned in the post-match presentation that he is working hard on his game at the moment and is very dedicated to his new IPL franchise. He also jokingly mentioned that Virender Sehwag ‘saved the IPL’ by picking Gayle at the IPL 2018 auction. Man of the Match: Chris Gayle.
Punjab now have three consecutive wins and will next take on a strong Kolkata Knight Riders. If you miss the live cricket match tonight between CSK and RR, head over to GutshotMagazine.com where we bring to you all the latest cricket news and IPL match results!